Take Action with St. George’s Society!

For 247 years, members of the St. George’s Society community have joined together to act as a force of good for individuals in need. From providing college students with funding to complete their education, to aiding the elderly in distress. Whether it be at the end of life, beginning of life, or all points in between – St. George’s provides relief for those who need it most.

We’re asking our members to take action to help expand on the impact St. George’s has on communities in need. The Society is happy to work with you in our Community Fundraising Initiative to plan events, create campaigns, or develop appeals to help raise funds for our charitable programs. We are with you 100% of the way!

St. George’s created a charity fact sheet for members and community partners interested in taking action. Additionally, here are some fundraisers members have hosted in the past:

1. Creating a St. George’s team to participate in any of the 5K runs or challenges that take place throughout the tri-state area.

2. Hosting a brunch or dinner to gather community members, friends, and family for a cause. Cheers to making a difference!

3. It’s summertime! Members in the past have invited the St. George’s community and their families to attend a picnic in Central Park, collecting small donations for food and games.

4. Feeling creative? In the past members worked alongside the St. George’s team to plan the Summer Family Scavenger Hunt throughout Manhattan!

For the elderly individuals in our Beneficiary Program, Scholarship Program recipients, and families in our Emergency Grants Program, every dollar counts towards ensuring the support they receive from St. George’s Society. Our Community Fundraising Initiative allows you the opportunity to help make a direct impact in our community.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Event Manager, Eliane Abou-Assi at eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.

 

English Ball 2017

St. George’s Society of New York hosted its annual gala, the English Ball, on 3 May at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.

Natalie T. Pray and Antonia Romeo

This year, the Society honored two remarkable women for their impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic: Natalie T. Pray, noted philanthropist and the first and only female President in the Society’s 247-year history, and Antonia Romeo, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.

In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the honorees, the Society held a “Fund-A-Scholar” auction conducted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s. The auction raised over $90,000 for the Scholarship Program, allowing the Society to continue providing support for well-deserving students.

Preceding the auction, 2016 scholar, Sana, spoke about her journey from Pakistan to Lehman College, and how her scholarship has allowed her to get a step closer to her goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon. She shared with attendees:

 

Sana, 2016 scholar

Education is something I believe everyone should have access to. I hope to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams, no matter what barriers they may face.

In entering my senior year, I thank St. George’s Society and their supporters for believing in me and providing me with the stepping-stone to becoming a cardiac surgeon.

I know I speak for all of [the scholars] when I express my most sincere gratitude and tell you that this program has changed our lives.

On behalf of the scholars and St. George’s Society, thank you for your support.

View photos from the evening.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Meet a Scholar: Rintu

St. George’s Society established a Scholarship Program for British and Commonwealth students at Lehman College in 2008.

Rintu is a 2016 recipient of the St. George’s Society Scholarship and looks forward to graduating this June. Born and raised in Bangladesh, he migrated to America five years ago to pursue undergraduate education.

He is currently a senior in Accounting at Lehman College, and his goal is to qualify as a CPA and teach accounting.

Rintu has worked in restaurants and data entry jobs to pay bills, striving to improve the standard of living for his family. Sadly, Rintu’s mother recently suffered a stroke and is now living with him so he can take care of her.

Rintu knows that to secure a stable future for his family, he needs to stay focused in school and achieve his career aspirations. Higher education has not always been an attainable dream, as his family’s income is limited.

St. George’s Society scholarship eases some of the financial burden, allowing Rintu to focus on his studies.

He says: “My lifetime goal is to improve myself and the standard of living for my family and community. With the assistance of St. George’s Society, Lehman College has helped me develop even higher goals than I ever could have imagined for myself.”